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NY Times, California Today: Here’s What’s Been Different About Fires This Year
LA Times, How California Lawmakers are Preparing for More Natural Disasters
CALMatters, A political firestorm is about to hit the Capitol: Who will pay for wildfire damages?
LA Times, Deadly wildfire near Yosemite National Park almost doubles in size to 9,300 acres
Bloomberg, California Wildfires Were Terrible Last Year. Will This Year Be Worse?
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Fast Facts from Cal Fire
- The Thomas Fire in December 2017 in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties was the largest wildfire in California history. It burned on 281,893 acres and damaged 1,063 structures.
- The Tubbs Fire in October 2017 in Sonoma County was the most destructive wildfire in California history. It destroyed 5,642 structures and led to 22 deaths total.
- Intense Santa Ana winds and years of heatwaves dried out vegetation, making California extremely vulnerable to quickly spreading wildfires caused by human related cause and electrical accidents.
- The estimated cost of suppression and recovery from the California 2017 wildfire season is estimated at $180 billion, which includes potential revenue to the wine industry and small businesses lost by the fires and debris flow.
Aftermath of the Thomas Fire